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Homeless and Housing Meeting Agenda for April 5, 2022

(MSCC) John Mudd, Sharon Jasprizza, Posted: March 17, 2022, Event Date/Time: Tuesday, April 5, 2022,: 9:30 am-10:30 am

Location: We will meet via video conference using ZOOM.US (See how to Zoom page. 3)

SUMMARY: Today’s meeting agenda is with an emphasis on the 421A tax credit that serves the developers and not the community. We’ll catch you up on the Empire Station Complex Development, Adaptive Reuse: Hotels to Housing, other housing battles, and healthcare initiatives.

Chairperson(s): John Mudd

WELCOME / INTRODUCTIONS

We appreciate all suggestions to help us run this meeting proficiently.

  • Housekeeping (Zoom protocols) Signing in, copying chat, muting, etc.
  • Introductions, welcoming new members
  • Please email subject and speaker suggestions by the 15th of each month
  • Items to Triage: To give time to pressing topics, please forward items at least 24 hours prior to meetings

PURPOSE

The Homeless and Housing members, attendees, and speakers share knowledge, ideas, and resources to identify problems and find solutions to the homeless crisis.

10 min

POLICY MEETING UPDATES

The prior 8:30 Homeless and Housing Policy meeting wrap-up as presented by attending members.

5 min 

SPECIAL INTRODUCTION(S) AND OR UPDATES: 

  • Elected officials/agencies—updates
  • Daniel Pichinson, Ryan Chelsea Clinton—updates
  • Richard Perkins, Housing Works—updates
  • Rue Parkin, HelpNYC—updates
  • Robert Seebeck, CB5 Info gathering—updates
  • Committee members—updates?
  • Elyse Highstreet, Goles, Two Bridges, introduction of their work against overdevelopment
  • Derwin Manigault, Rev Core Recovery, intro of their work in substance abuse disorder
  • New Members?
  • Gilbert G. SotoAssistant Vice PresidentNYC Housing ProgramsWesthab Inc. 

10 min

ADAPTIVE REUSE: HOTELS TO HOUSING

Ted Houghton, President of Gateway Housing

3 min

421A TAX CREDIT

The 421A is a tax incentive to build “affordable Housing”

  • Defining the 421A and uses
  • Defining Affordable Housing
  • The tax incentive ineffectualness
  • Corrective / advocacy Actions

Speaker(s): 

Samuel Stein is a housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society. (See addendum B for more)

Elyse Levy, Leah James & Alex Wong, WESNA/HCC

Chrisma White, MSCC and Advocate

10-15 min

TWO BRIDGES

Activists making gains on Affordable housing and stopping development through Zoning challenges.

Speaker: Elyse Highstreet, Goles, Two Bridges

5 min

RALLY HIGHLIGHTING THE INEQUITIES & BAD POLICY

Locations: Midtown near Port Authority, Hudson Yards, NYCHA, Penn Station

 2 min

EMPIRE STATION DEVELOPMENT (ESD) 

Quick take: ESD/Vornado furthering inequality and poor living conditions through development. 

  • An opportunity to bring us closer together to oppose wealth extracting policies
  • Actions / developing actions

Layla Law-Gisiko, CB5, Chair of the Land-use Committee

5 min

OBJECTIVES / MISSION / VISION FOR THE NEW YEAR

MSCC is busily restructuring to become more effective in accomplishing its goals and planning for the new year: 

  • Mission: Midtown South Community Council strives to dismantle the causes of homelessness by building an equitable, just, and sustainable social infrastructure to ensure dignity, health, and home for all. 
  • Vision: Midtown South Community Council envisions a city where homelessness and poverty are eradicated

3 min

COMMITTEES

Committees are important to managing overwhelming task with an intersecting network. Anyone wanting to be involved with building committees to serve programs and projects of mutual interests (Housing, Urban Farming, Education & Awareness, healthcare, incarceration, workshops, health access, Home Improvement, communications/social media messaging, Midtown Street Sheets…), please let us know.

2 min

HEALTHCARE INITIATIVES

3 min

Maribel Ruiz, Nancy Pascal, Maya Contreras, Jennifer Mallicote , Sonya D, Nancy Young, Joycelyn Taylor

2 min

PUBLIC CONCERNS

  • We’re in search of support for a couple, 30-years or younger, struggling with mental health issues. Updates: Charisma White, John Mudd, Serafina Payne, LMSW
  • Other

5 min

ACTION LIST

  • Action requests
  • Summary of today’s actions

 3 min

PROGRAM UPDATES

  • Street Sheets
  • Urban Garden
  • Workshops / Workshop Street Sheets

2 min

ANNOUNCEMENTS / EVENTS

  • Additional announcements from our committee members?
  • New Attendees 
  • Additional comments / announcements from our elected officials
  • Positive or developing stories

3 min

AOB

  • Topic Suggests:
    • Illegal Hotels
    • Talking points
    • Network marketing and communications committee (suggestion)
    • Planning committee with mount Sinai about their unused wings (suggested)
    • Prison to shelter
    • Community oversight
    • Policing the problem away; 50% of the jail population are mentally ill
  • Speaker Suggestions: All suggestions are welcomed
  • New Members: Thank you for joining, feel free to tell us your needs, schedule a presentation, and connect with anyone within this network
  • Please take a moment to visit ProtectMedicare.net, the new home of the fight against privatization, bookmark it, and share it with your networks. 
  • NEXT Meeting Homeless and Housing Meeting: 9:30 AM Tuesday, May 3, 2022 
    • Always the 1st Tuesday of every month

2 min

Contact hello@midtownsouthcc.org for more information and your Zoom invitations.

ADDENDUM A: DEFINING HOUSING

DEFINING HOUSING

When advocating for housing rights with a focus on community, the below items are considered:

  • Shelters: Truly transitional; although purposeful, achieving our housing and community goals will eliminate or lessen the need
  • Medical Respite Beds: Health care unit for longer stay and transitioning to housing (see Addendum B: Medical Respite Bed Advocacy Plan)
  • SROs: Single Room Occupancy
  • Supportive: Accessorized with social services
  • Housing First: Unconditional placement
  • Really Affordable: Rentals below the medium wage of 55,000 and or below 30% of income (input)
  • Affordable: The market rate rentals currently available to people above the medium wage up to 88,000 with a 30% of income ask or higher (see Addendum x)
  • Option and Incentives for Home Owner

ADDENDUM B: BIOS: SAMUEL STEIN

Samuel Stein is a housing policy analyst at the Community Service Society. Prior to joining CSS, he worked for such housing and labor organizations as Tenants & Neighbors and the Service Employees International Union local 32BJ. He holds a Ph.D. in geography from the CUNY Graduate Center and a Master’s in Urban Planning from Hunter College